i warned you, gentle reader!!!
here goes the second round!
we got up early thursday morning and grabbed breakfast then headed to the lobby to await our ride to ocean world where we were going to swim with the sting rays and sharks!!! kirogirl has always wanted to swim with the sting rays and even though it was kinda cheesey to go to "one of those places" it was a lot of fun!
we started off in the sting ray pool. this sting ray was the biggest of all of them...i think there were 3 or 4 in the pool. the pool wasn't very big but they were super friendly...even when we weren't feeding them fish!
whoops...this should have been earlier and i really don't feel like moving it around...they really did feed them breakfast before we jumped into the pool! thank goodnes...because they were a little feisty!
after the sting rays and sharks, we headed to the rain forest!
so...you walk into the their habitat and there are hundreds of these love birds flying freely...all over...free to peck your eyes out and shit on your head...but none of that happened to us but ya know, it could have...it really could have...
there is a lady in the habitat with bird seed and when she puts it in your hand, the love birds flock to your hand like turkey vultures to road kill...and they are as feitsty as those vultures for sure! you can tell by that photo ⬆ that kirogirl was not thrilled with this experience! seriously look at those wings...those love birds were not being so loving toward one another when it came to the bird seed!
the next habitat we went into was the macaws and toucans. this little guy was hanging out on the floor. kirogirl asked me if she should try to pet it, i said go ahead...umm, i should have said, ask the toucan if it's ok...because he tried to eat her fingers off! she said she felt his beak brush her fingers and she grabbed them back after trying to pet his head! i guess the answer is no, don't bother toucan sam, please!
there was a patch of sea weed so we investigated it...it was hard to see what was playing peek a boo in it with the waves rolling in so i held hte camera under water and snapped a few to see if we could figure it out! well, hello, mr sea urchin! i'm so glad we didn't step on you!
after hanging out at the pool for a bit, we headed to the beach once again...we were going to ride the banana tube with another kiro family. while waiting to get our life jackets, there was a group of guys pounding these nuts...melody asked what they were doing and they showed her the nuts...almonds! fresh from the almond trees...so they shared one with each of us! let me tell you, it sure is a lot of work to get one little nut out of the shell!
so, i must tell you this...we were told that the banana tube would hold 8 and we had 7 so we thought we were golden! until we got to the beach and we were told that we could only go 5 at a time...that the tube wouldn't hold all 7 of us...and then we looked at the tube...it had handles for 3 riders and these ⬆ were the life jackets they had for us...i'm totally serious! they were so concerned about our safety on the tube, yet they were willing to send us out into the ocean with life jackets that toddlers were too big for! this photo is kiroman and joe.
after we were done with the tube, this guy met us on the beach...he was selling coconuts...kirogirl and i stayed to talk to him while everyone else left us behind!!! i don't think they though we were serious!!! but kirogirl was definitely serious about eating fresh coconut and drinking fresh coconut water!
once the coconuts were taken care of, it was back to the pool. a pool filing up with chiropractors from around the world! jim dubel organized this friendly little volleyball match! kirogirl and i stayed pool side...she cheered them on, i snapped the photos and played line judge!
hahaha! after most of the coconut was eaten, it wouldn't sit on its own any longer so we propped it up in the ash tray...it was clean and it's not like we were going to eat the outside of the coconut. and it was joey's idea!
and that wraps up our photos for thursday!
this was the one night we ate at the restaurant...with the borios...and it was fabulous! and that's also when my g12 totally crapped out...i took several photos and noticed that they were not like they should be...they were totally washed out...totally scratched out...totally not usable...so i had no camera to take any photos the rest of the evening.
after dinner, we hung out in the lobby for a bit...instead of a magic show, they had some other kind of entertainment/contest between 4 guys...they had to give a lap dance to a lady that was older than my mom, they had to dress like female singers and lip sync...i'm not sure what else we might have missed before we got there...it was funny, though.
then we called it a night because we had to be up and at 'em by 10am...because i had scheduled a tropical photo shoot first thing friday morning! my kiropeeps were so freaking excited that they hardly slept!
i am grateful:
- to be able to flush toilet paper once again
- for the experience to swim with sharks and sting rays
- the love birds did not shit on my head
- for hanging out at the pool with really cool kiro people
- to have someone else make my bed
just so that i don't get behind on what's happening around here in the present time:
we got in monday afternoon and made a few stops before we actually made it home. obviously the doolittles were ecstatic to see us and mauled us profusely...to the point where i was ready to go back to the republica dominica...but i understand they were happy we came back home.
we hung out for awhile and then decided to take the harley into the city and get something to grill for supper...and we did. we grilled some awesome steak and i was happy.
then we watched world war z...good movie...interesting points.
then it was bed time at kirohouse.
this morning, i finally made it back to the gym...after a month's hiatus. we took it slow and i listened to what my low back had to say about what was ok to do and what was not. total success!
then sister had her stitches removed and then it was back home to change out of my awesomely comfy yoga pants so that i could go into the office this afternoon.
on my way to the office, i stopped to see kirogirl at work. when i walked in, i noticed a pretty vase of flowers on the desk and she was talking to b. i'd never met him before so i was happy to have run into him this afternoon. then kirogirl told me he had brought her flowers to work! awww...how sweet is that? she was gone for a week and he brought these to her: